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The World's Land Use Shows Why Agricultural Land is Important
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May 31, 2022  

The following map and land use information from Our World in Data, graphically depicts how little of the earth's land area is used to produce the food we live on. Only 7% of the earth's landmass is planted with crops which include, cereal grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. A larger amount at 27% is used to produce the meat and dairy that we consume. These acres consist of pasture, grasslands, and land used to produce livestock forage and the grains and meals fed to livestock. Together, cropland and the land used for livestock production, in other words, the land used to feed the world's population, makes up just over one-third of the earth's land surface. Another third is forests and shrubs, while the last third is built on, barren, or in glaciers.    

  

The amount of crop and livestock land varies widely among countries. For instance, 44.36% of the land in the United States (US) is classified as agricultural land. Pasture land is a larger share at 26.8% while cropland makes up 17.24% of the land in this country. In contrast, Ukraine has 71.33% of its land used for agriculture with the majority in cropland at 56.76%. China, as the most populous country in the world, has more overall agricultural land than the US at 56.08%, while a smaller percentage is cropland at 12.68%. 

  

Agricultural land is critically important in today's world for the production of the food we eat. Ag land in the US is especially valued because of the stable ownership and title laws, productive soils, better water resources than in many countries, the best farmers, and well-developed supply and production channels.  

  


Randy Dickhut  

Senior Vice President - Real Estate Operations 

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